Saturday, June 26, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Happy Saturday! It's time for another round of picture books! These are ones I've enjoyed this past week and hopefully you'll find at least one that you and your family can enjoy together.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

As most of us avid readers (or parents) know, tons of ABC books are published each year and really, most of them are incredibly similar. This is the first I've come across in quite some time that gives a unique and interesting layout while still teaching the same ABC lesson.

Each letter has peas doing jobs beginning with that letter. "A" has astronauts and acrobats, "E" has eaters and explorers, and "K" has kayakers, kickers, and kings. It reads like a story, rather than a song, and all sorts of different jobs are exhibited, which is a neat discussion starter. The flow is perfect.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
A great book for libraries and classrooms. One of my new favorite alphabet stories!

Keith Baker
40 pages
Picture Book
Beach Lane
April 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

If you have a little reader in the house...or better yet, a reader that loves some pink, this book is for that child! Filled with books, pink, and glitter, it's a cutesy read with a little overpowering of a message, but the story flows smoothly and lets little ones know that books are indeed, fun.

We get the message of "everyone is different" and "it's ok to be afraid" mixed with finding the perfect book for each personality. The illustrations are cute and spunky and the font for the text is a great match.

Little girls are going to love the sparkly glitter and the pink, along with the idea of a group of girlfriends choosing books together. And all the girls happily jump to help their friend when she's afraid to present her book to the class. A very nice read aloud for your little princess, but again, a little heavy on the message.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

The Jellybeans and the Book Bonanza
Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans
32 pages
Picture Book
March 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

The Handkerchief Quilt by Carol Crane and Gary Palmer

A really sweet, touching story of a teacher determined to do whatever she can to help her school. When Miss Anderson walks into school one day and sees that the pipes have burst and flooded the entire school, ruining books, classrooms, and supplies, she knows something must be done to raise money. She takes all of the handkerchiefs she has received from students over the years and convinces the community to come together and help sew a quilt to sell as a fundraiser.

I love a good "you can make a difference" story and this one is perfect for reading to your older children. The message is prominent, but not in-your-face and the overall attitude of Miss Anderson...and really, the book as a so upbeat and positive, it's contagious.

After reading it, you may want to start a discussion with your kids about how you might be able to do a simple fundraiser to help their school! The classrooms may not be flooded, but most schools can always use a bit of help.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

The Handkerchief Quilt
Carol Crane
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
May 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

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Sarah said...

I LOVED LOVED LMNO Peas. The illustrations are so perfect and it's just such a fabulous alphabet book.

CoffeeShopBloggers said...

I wanted to share my favorite ABC books with you at

I literally sat at the library and combed through a 6 foot (or more) stack of them until I found all the good ones to post for my blog. Thanks for your suggestions; it's always nice to find another good one!

Pragmatic Mom
Type A Parenting for the Modern World
I blog on children's lit, parenting and education

Jamie said...

Makes me miss being a little kid! I can't wait until I have kids to share good books with!